Family Housed

Adsum for Women & Children

Social Service


Our Vision; “Everyone has a safe and secure home”

Adsum for Women & Children is leading change in housing through advocacy, supports and services to end homelessness.

For 4 decades, Adsum’s doors have been open for women, children, youth and gender-expansive individuals, who are homeless or at-risk. Adsum for Women & Children provides programs, services and housing – from crisis to stability – with emergency shelter, long term housing, supports, programs and resources that offer a safe place to live, while addressing the barriers of stable housing. We have grown from an emergency shelter to having 8 properties all over Halifax Region.

Adsum means “I am Here” and we are here, in your community, to create hope, security, self-esteem and choice so that everyone has a safe and secure home and can rebuild their lives from crisis to stability.

Our Impact

  • We house 160 people every day in one of the Adsum properties
  • We provide housing and social work support to more than 100 families and 300 individuals a year, to have safe, affordable and secure housing and the support services to become stably housed.
  • Our emergency shelter provided 5,840 bed nights last year, and are too often, turning away women and families, due to lack of space.
  • Diverting Families from Shelter to Home program provided affordable and safe transition and permanent housing for 95 women/youth and their 183 children in it’s first 3 years.
  • Adsum heavily subsidizes rents to allow people living in poverty to access what would be otherwise unattainable, within their monthly social assistance budgets.
  • We help families who are struggling to pay rent, and not dip into the grocery and/or heating budget and have medicine when a child is sick.

See what your legacy could be

Talk to Adsum for Women & Children about a legacy gift

Legal Name

Adsum Association for Women & Children

Charity Number

132257031 RR0001

How your gift will be used

You will unlock hope, so everyone has a safe, affordable and secure home.

Your support helps us to:

  • Provide basic daily needs at Adsum House; emergency shelter
  • Maintain our current apartments and keep rent at 30% of income
  • Provide housing and social work support to house people and keep them stably housed
  • Subsidize rents for women and families
  • Build new affordable apartments with support services

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